Love doesn’t always look like it does on television. . . .
Elvira's family has never been the warm, fuzzy type. Most of the time, Elvira can’t stand the sight of her little sister, Kerrie. Elvira and her mother, Mel, fight more often than not. Mel hasn’t spoken to her own family in years. And when Mel announces she’s pregnant again, Elvira’s daddy storms off to Las Vegas to enter an Elvis impersonator competition.
When an urgent phone call sends Elvira, Mel, and Kerrie on an unexpected trip to meet Mel’s family for the first time, Elvira discovers that love doesn’t always look like it does in television commercials. But it’s there, all right—you just have to know how to look for it.
Written by Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis, Love Me Tender is a lovely, lyrical look at a multigenerational family of strong, stubborn women working to untangle the ties that bind them together and uncover the love that’s always been just underneath.
★ “Couloumbis’ winning, witty portrayal . . . encapsulates universal truths about family relationships.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
About the Author
Audrey Couloumbis was born in Illinois. She currently lives in Queens, NY,
and upstate NY with her husband. This is her first children's book.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 3, 2008:
"Couloumbis' winning, witty portrayal of a slightly neurotic American family encapsulates eniversal truths about family relationships."